Data from: Adaptive molecular evolution of a defence gene in sexual but not functionally asexual evening primroses

Erika I. Hersch-Green, Henrietta Myburg & Marc T. J. Johnson
Theory predicts that sexual reproduction provides evolutionary advantages over asexual reproduction by reducing mutational load and increasing adaptive potential. Here, we test the latter prediction in the context of plant defences against pathogens because pathogens frequently reduce plant fitness and drive the evolution of plant defences. Specifically, we ask whether sexual evening primrose plant lineages (Onagraceae) have faster rates of adaptive molecular evolution and altered gene expression of a class I chitinase, a gene implicated...
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